Come hear Quebec delegate speak Saturday

To the editor:

The Lake Placid Institute will present its final Round Table breakfast for the season this coming Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the new Lake Placid Conference Center (next to the Olympic Arena) on Main Street. The speaker will be Andre Boisclair, Quebec’s delegate general to New York. This event should be of great interest to the people of the Tri-Lakes and of northern New York, as he will discuss Quebec/New York relations “Over and Above the Border” and will examine plans to develop a “corridor” between North Country New York and Quebec province. This is a collaboration of both governments in the fields of scientific and economic development, collaborative energy and transportation projects, and arts, cultural and sporting events. These are joint efforts that will result in growing the economies, employment and cultural activities of the North Country/Montreal region.

Inaugurated in 1940, the Quebec Government Office in New York is Quebec’s primary office in the U.S. Serving the mid-Atlantic region, it promotes the interests of Quebec in areas such as business, science, technology, education and culture. New York state is Quebec’s number-one trading partner in the U.S., with two-way trade reaching nearly $7.7 billion in 2012. Quebec-owned businesses provide more than 6,000 jobs in New York state, and, of crucial importance to all of us, thousands of Canadian visitors come to the Tri-Lakes annually.

As in all Round Table presentations, a full buffet breakfast is included for the price of $30 if reserved before the end of the day Friday, Aug. 16, by calling and leaving a message at 518-523-1312, or $35 at the door.

I urge the many business owners, community leaders and people of the Tri-Lakes to attend this breakfast as it offers all of us a wonderful opportunity to hear an informed, articulate and exciting political leader from our valuable neighbor to the north discussing ideas that will influence and benefit all of us in the future.

Alexander Dashnaw

Member, board

Lake Placid Institute